I hope you can join me and Dentons’ Government Contracts Department Chair, Fred Levy for an ABA Committee lunch meeting featuring Dr. Patricia J. Harned, President of the Ethics Resource Center (ERC). She will be speaking to the Committee regarding the results of ERC’s National Business Ethics Survey (NBES). The NBES is a study, conducted every two years, of ethical behavior within corporations. Specifically, it gauges ethics in the workplace and forecasts where corporate America is heading from a cultural standpoint.
This year’s findings are quite interesting. The current NBES reveals a reduction in overall observed workplace misconduct, which the ERC attributes to corporate America’s increased commitment to enhancing ethics and compliance programs. On the other hand, according to the NBES, 60-percent of misconduct is committed by someone within management, 1 out of every 3 people who observe misconduct choose not to report it, and 21-percent of those reporting misconduct believe that they suffer retaliation.
Dr. Harned will discuss these issues and many other interesting findings from ERC’s NBES that we believe will be both informative and valuable.